Defending champion Maria Sharapova storms into final in Stuttgart

Maria Sharapova beat Italy's Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 in semis to reach final in Stuttgart.

updated: April 26, 2014 22:22 IST
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Stuttgart, Germany: Defending champion Maria Sharapova moved to within one victory of her third straight Stuttgart title after a 6-1, 6-2 win over Italy's Sara Errani in Saturday's semi-final.

Sharapova, who won the title in 2012 and 2013, needed just under an hour to see off clay-court specialist Errani in what was a repeat of the 2012 French Open final which the Russian also won.

"The further you go in the tournament, the harder it gets, and I really wanted to step up and produce a good performance," Sharapova said.

"The first tournament on clay is always tough -- it's important to improve with each match and I think I've done that this week.

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